New Words Festival: Nothing but Flowers

April 27 to May 4, 2019

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Nothing but Flowers

A social media CEO and his spiritual advisor are on a forest retreat, working to develop new technology for communicating with the natural world. An inventor and her bear live in the same woods, and are working on the same thing. Both their devices work. Sort of.

A play written by David Gagnon Walker (Playwriting 3, Edmonton) and directed by Rose Plotek.

Poster design by Erika Parra Bernal (Set and Costume Design, 3rd year, Palmira, Colombia)

The New Words Festival is the culminating project of the graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada’s English Section. Two brand-new, never-before-produced plays run in repertory during the students’ final week at the School, just days before graduation. Written by students in NTS’s Playwriting Program, and realized by students in the ActingProduction Design and Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design programs, the plays produced at the New Words Festival mark the end of the students’ formal training and the beginning of their professional careers. A showcase for exciting new talent, New Words is particularly poignant for the playwrights whose plays reach the public for the very first time during their tenure at NTS. Join us in celebrating these artists who will shape the future of Canadian theatre by taking in both exciting productions on offer this year!

-Andrea Romaldi, Director of the Playwriting program

Interview with the Playwright

David Gagnon Walker (Playwriting 3, Edmonton, AB) talks about his play Nothing but Flowers, and the serious questions it raises about our relationship with nature and technology, and our ability to connect with the world around us. 

David Gagnon Walker, Playwright

David Gagnon Walker is a playwright, dramaturg, and performer with roots in Edmonton, AB, and Chicoutimi, QC. His works prioritize formal experimentation, integrating text-based drama with other modes of contemporary performance. They include The Big Ship (winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award), Nothing but Flowers(New Words Festival 2019, directed by Rose Plotek), Premium Content (Major Matt Mason Collective 2018, directed by Geoffrey Simon Brown), and Pink Moon (winner of the 2017 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition, created and performed with The General Radio Service). Dramaturgy includes The Observed Flight of Birds (2b Theatre/NTS, 2017), Trying to Listen While Not Giving a Fuck, (Surreal SoReal/Zone Homa, 2018), and the contemporary circus show Particle # B(Grenoble, France, 2018; 2019 tour to Australia and Finland).

David also works as a translator (French-to-English), actor, and educator. He is the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence with Halifax's 2b Theatre Company.



Graduating students  Acting

  • Sophie Dubé A3
  • Jesse LaPointe A3
  • Evelyn Wiebe A3
  • Kajsa Wood A3
  • Jake Wilkinson (Acting, 2018)

  • Assistant Director David Gagnon Walker PW3
  • Set and Props Designer Erika Parra Bernal SCD3
  • Set assistant Marianne Lonergan-Pilotto SCD2 and Jeanne Dupré SCD3, Joline Rath SCD2, Jawon Kang SCD2
  • Costume Designer Hannah Fisher SCD3
  • Assistants to the Costume Designer Jawon Kang SCD2
  • Lighting Designer Hannah Kirby PT3
  • Sound Designer Samuel Boucher PT3
  • Video Designer Pedro Melão-Ferreira PT3
  • Stage Manager Gloria Mok PT3
  • Assistant Stage Manager Aurora Torok PT1
    Production Manager
     Claire Bourdin PT3
  • Technical Director MacKenzie Poole PT3
  • Assistant Technical Director Patrick Fitzsimmons PT2
  • Crew & 2nd Assistant Technical Director Tiffany Ledesma PT1
  • Crew & Technical Assistant Brenda Vaca PT1
  • Head Carpenter Michael Wanless PT2
  • Head Electrician Zack Fedora PT2
  • Crew & Lighting Assistant Brianna Unger PT1
  • Head of Video Christian Horoszczak PT2
  • Crew & Video Assistant Brendan Agnew PT1
  • Head of Sound/Live Mixer Paige Prystupa PT2
  • Crew & Sound Assistant Ava Bishop PT1

A3 Third year Acting graduating students, SCD3 Third year Set and Costume Design graduating students, PT3 Third year Production Design and Technical Arts graduating students,PW3 Third year Playwriting graduating students, SCD2 Second year Set and Costume Design students, PT2 Second year Production Design and Technical Arts students, PT1 First year Production Design and Technical Arts students, ART Artistic Residence in training


Dramaturgy - Andrea Romaldi, Movement - Rebecca Harper, Voice - Laurel Thomson, Fight Director - Anita Nittoly, Associate Fight Director - David Chinchilla, Set & Costume Design - Loïc Hoy Lacroix, Head of Props - Angela Rassenti, Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay, Video Design - Alex Williams, Sound Design - Troy Slocum, Production Management - Andrea Lundy, Stage Management - Crystal Laffoley, Technical Direction - Nathaniel Kennedy, Head of Scenic Painting - Véronique Pagnoux, Head of Carpentry - Guillaume Simard ,Master Carpenter - Christian Larochelle, Technical Supervision - David Jodoin, Head of Lighting - Marc Leduc, Head of Sound - Xavier Berthiaume


  • Preview: April 27, 2019, 6:30pm
  • April 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • May 1st, 2019 at 6:30pm
  • May 2nd, 2019 at 9:00pm
  • May 3rd, 2019 at 6:30pm
  • May 4th, 2019 at 6:00pm 



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